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Afghan Wheels and Tracks (Paperback)

Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Afghanistan War

By Craig Allen
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802824704
Published: 25th August 2023

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With over 140 images, this book covers the various designs of armoured fighting vehicles and protected patrol vehicles employed in the war in Afghanistan. Although the conflict was primarily an infantryman’s war, producing specialised protected vehicles became an urgent priority due to the threat from IEDs and legacy mines. While many older vehicles were employed with suitable modifications, the insurgency saw the introduction of many new designs such as the Jackal, Mastiff and Foxhound. The book concentrates on UK and US types, but also features a selection of designs by other participating nations, including France and Canada. Furthermore, the specialised logistics vehicles used to supply the far-flung operating bases in the Sangin valley will be investigated.

"This is a useful reference for the military modeller, as it contains over 190 images of vehicles, most of which are shown in use in theatre, and is highly recommended."

IPMS Magazine - Issue 1: 2024

As an ex Royal Engineer I have always been fascinated by military vehicles of all types. The deployment to Afghanistan, resulted in it being clear that some vehicles were not suited for purpose, the Snatch land rovers from the streets of Belfast being a case in point. As causalities mounted replacements were developed and acquired at an astounding rate and this book shows that development.

It takes you to the end of the deployment and identifies those vehicles that did not work out so well and have subsequently been taken out of service. The first 60 pages covers UK vehicles with remainder USA.

The book is full of good photographs, many of which may not have been seen before. It is a good reference work.

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers

Each entry has some background text on the design and use of the individual vehicles, along with a table listing basic specifications. Add a lot of colour photos illustrating the text and this is a very useful reference, maybe for veterans who served their tours in theatre, historians and modellers alike. Lots to like in here for a good value little book.

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